MORGANTOWN, Ky. – A Kentucky sheriff drove 4,100 miles to California to pick up a fugitive, then realized when he got back he had the wrong guy.
Butler County Sheriff Joe Gaddie and a deputy took the trip to find a man named Joe Orus, who was wanted on charges of fleeing and evading police and drunken driving.
A man named Joe Orus was awaiting release from a jail in Tehachapi, Calif., when a check showed an outstanding warrant in Kentucky. Officials notified Gaddie, who came and got him.
It turned out to be a case of stolen identity. Gaddie says a check of mugshots and fingerprints showed the man wanted in Kentucky had stolen Joe Orus' identity.
After finding the mistake, Butler County officials paid for Orus to fly back to California. Meanwhile, the real suspect is still on the lam.